Steppenwolf

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 1993 (The 1994 Induction Ceremony)

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Inducted into Rock Hall Projected in 2027 (ranked #244) .


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Born To Be Wild (1968)
Magic Carpet Ride (1968)

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Will Steppenwolf be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
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I guess if "Born to Be Wild" didn't get them in yet, it never will.

Posted by c.w. on Friday, 03.23.07 @ 15:48pm


Ya they sorta started the whole Pop Hard Rock deal, I mean hey had a different sound, that became modern rock

Posted by B Trav on Wednesday, 04.4.07 @ 20:26pm


They have 2 hit singles but they're a good band. I really don't know if they will ever get in but it's a hope

Posted by MaulYoda on Monday, 09.10.07 @ 21:00pm


I've heard inductees have to pay to be in the hall, and John Kay certainly won't do that. Steppenwolf merely originated heavy metal music ("heavy metal thunder" lyrics in Born to Be Wild). James Brown once told John that he had the ultimate R&R voice. The R&R HOF is a lame joke and getting worse every year.

Posted by Brick Crumble on Monday, 10.1.07 @ 20:03pm


Correction: They originated what would later be the name for the metal genre. They did not invent diddly sound-wise.

Posted by William on Monday, 10.1.07 @ 20:11pm


Steppenwolf, for the short time they were around, was a band of undenyable impact and influence. John Kay is a lyracist on the level of Dylan. The music was raw and gitty, the social- political message was so dead-on target. Songs like "The Pusher", "Monster", "Hey Lawdy Mamma", "Move Over", "It's Never Too Late", or "Screaming Night Hog" are more than these R&RHOF judges can handle or understand. If you didn't live it, it's not the same. The appreciation for this kind of depth is just not there with them.

Posted by charles savarese on Tuesday, 01.15.08 @ 20:11pm


I find it absolutely incredible that a band so influential to rock and roll and so notable in that time is not in the R&R Hall of Fame.

I don't know the politics of it, but it is a disgrace.

Posted by Walt on Wednesday, 01.23.08 @ 17:04pm


We have the likes of Madonna being inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame and a true ROCK BAND like STEPPENWOLF is not. STEPPENWOLF is rock and roll. Listen to the STEPPENWOLF LIVE album. I can hear Monster playing along with Dont Step on the Grass Sam. Your dam right they should be in the Rock Hall of Fame. They are rock n roll!

Posted by Ken on Wednesday, 03.12.08 @ 17:10pm


Other than changing members through the years I can see no reason for JOhn Kay and SW to be in RRHOF. If you listen to this band and it's development though SW 7 they are as good as any band of the era(MID 60's to Mid 70's).

It appears to me that the RRHOF is nothing more than a sham in allowing the membership to become populated with groups that either could not play, could not sing and for dam sure couldn't write.

I ramble but I love R&R and despise what the hall of fame has become.

Posted by johnnie on Tuesday, 05.13.08 @ 15:40pm


you must be joking, right? There is no way this band shouldn't be in there. Their sound was revolutionary and a popular phenomenon as well.

Posted by TimO on Tuesday, 09.23.08 @ 15:02pm


You would think "Born to be Wild" alone could get any band into the hall of fame. I mean, that song *is* rock and roll.

Posted by Mike on Friday, 10.10.08 @ 00:39am


You would think "Born to be Wild" alone could get any band into the hall of fame. I mean, that song *is* rock and roll.

Posted by Mike on Friday, 10.10.08 @ 00:39am

Yes one true classic hit can do the job in my book..They had other great tunes and should be in RHOF

Posted by mrxyz on Friday, 10.10.08 @ 10:13am


there is alot more to steppenwolf... they are still making cds to this day... and even after born to be wild they still had/have alot of great classics... same situation as the blue oyster cult...

Posted by brendon on Friday, 12.5.08 @ 09:11am


Steppenwolf definitely deserves to be inducted. They are one of the most important forefathers of Hard Rock/ Heavy Metal. Their early records feature power-rock instrumentation and hard-rock drumming that is years ahead of its time.

Posted by Jonny on Tuesday, 02.17.09 @ 21:12pm


John Kay has one of the most recognizable voices in R & R. It takes abiout two bars of music to know that John Kay is the vocalist. He and Steppenwolf are legendary. Not being in the R & R Hall of Fame is inexplicable.

Posted by Mark on Sunday, 04.5.09 @ 19:39pm


I my opinion Steppenwolf invented heavy metal. They came before the big three( Sabbath, Zepplin, Purple) and had some very gritty guitar. Listen to some of thier hardest songs like "Sookie Sookie", "Jupiter's Child", and "Screaming Night Hog" and you will find some of metal's roots. Sadly most only know them for two or three songs( "Born to be Wild, "Magic Carpet Ride", and sometimes "The Pusher") which shouldn't be the case because they had many other great songs. They could also write deeper songs, like on the album Monster. This band was fantastic and they should have been inducted by now.

Posted by Dude Man on Wednesday, 04.22.09 @ 17:09pm


I've been reading the different opinions on the Small Faces, and then read the Dude's comments on Steppenwolf. I think the real problem here is that so many bands sit on the outside w/people wanting them to get in that it can be overwhelming to compute after a while.

It's the equivalent of Roy's list's, where he throws in everyone. If you put in everyone, you lose the exclusivity factor that drives all these clubs. The high mucky-mucks don't want that cause it'll bust their bubble regarding the importance of all the pomp & ceremony and crap.

For the record, I think Steppenwolf was a pretty solid band, and I have heard more than just BORN TO BE WILD & MAGIC CARPET RIDE. Some of my favorites are MOVE OVER, JUPITER'S CHILD, & ROCK ME. They've got an argument, but they're a great example of why certain bands are left out.

Not so sure about the Small Faces. I know the Faces & STAY WITH ME (who doesn't?), but I'll admit Steppenwolf does come to my mind faster as a band. Perhaps they fit the same mold as what I described as well.

Posted by Cheesecrop on Wednesday, 04.22.09 @ 17:28pm


For some reason I felt like going back to these guys. I think Michael Monarch might very well be one of the pioneers of heavy metal guitar and a very underrated player. Here's one of heaviest songs of 1969 called "Jupiter's Child".

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6etwZzv4rQ0

Posted by Dude Man on Monday, 05.25.09 @ 20:40pm


Just how do you figure out who is one of the pioneers of metal? Is it purely in sound, in a certain look or stance, or a little of everything? Here's my take on who should be considered in the evolution of metal (1958 - 1968)

Link Wray (1958-1961? 62?)
The Kinks (1964-1965)
The Yardbirds (1965-1967)
Cream (1966-1968)
J. Hendrix (1967-1970)
Doors (1967-1968)
Blue Cheer (1968)
Iron Butterfly (1968-1969)
Velvet Underground (1967-1968)
Steppenwolf (1968-1969)

BTW - I agree, "Jupiter's Child" is one of their best

Posted by Cheesecrop on Tuesday, 05.26.09 @ 05:29am


I personally think that Link Wray, the Kinks, and the Velvet Underground have more in common with punk than metal. Link Wray inspired Pete Townshend, one of the first proto-punkers. If you look at the Kinks hardest songs like "All Day and All of the Night" and "You Really Got Me" they are both so simple and quick that they set the blue print for punk. Same with the Velvet Underground. The Doors I don't really think have much to do with either genre. The Yardbirds, Cream, and the Jimi Hendrix Experience definately influenced a lot of the first metal bands and the Yardbirds did give us Jimmy Page, one of the first heavy metal icons, but I won't consider metal myself. Instead I think they are just classic hard rock bands. Blue Cheer, Iron Butterfly, and Steppenwolf I might consider calling them one of the first waves of heavy metal. It's hard to tell what band can really be called the first metal band and which bands created certain subgenres, but I know for a fact that Black Sabbath did not invent heavy metal(don't read the history of metal chart in the film Metal: A Headbanger's Journey because Sam Dunn made so many mistakes on that). Also there were some bands like the Beatles with "Helter Skelter" and Queen with "Stone Cold Crazy" that would make almost metal songs, but were not known for being hard rock bands. Here'a my list of early/proto-metal bands in no particular order:
-Steppenwolf
-Iron Butterfly
-Blue Cheer
-Sir Lord Baltimore
-Budgie
-Buffalo
-Deep Purple(invented speed metal also)
-Black Sabbath
-Blue Oyster Cult
-Alice Cooper
-Uriah Heep(invented progressive-metal)
-Led Zeppelin
Bonus early/proto punk bands in no order:
-The Stooges
-The MC5
-The Who
-The Kinks
-The Velvet Underground
-Hawkwind(Lemmy's first band and they had fast paced space rock that set a punk blueprint)
-The New York Dolls

Posted by Dude Man on Tuesday, 05.26.09 @ 06:42am


Also Frijid Pink might fit on my list as one of the first metal/proto-metal bands because thier cover of "House of the Rising Sun" was one of the heaviest acid rock songs of the time.

Posted by Dude Man on Tuesday, 05.26.09 @ 06:49am


And Vanilla Fudge too. Especially in the case of Carmine Appice's drumming. Add them to the early/proto-metal list.

Posted by Dude Man on Tuesday, 05.26.09 @ 07:07am


And Vanilla Fudge too. Especially in the case of Carmine Appice's drumming. Add them to the early/proto-metal list.

Posted by Dude Man on Tuesday, 05.26.09 @ 07:07am



I lik the Fudge but the real pocket is Tim Bogart the bass player.. Carmine is just show..

Posted by mrxyz on Tuesday, 05.26.09 @ 08:20am


mrxyz, I agree that Tim Bogart is a total badass. But honestly, so is Carmine Appice, and it is not just for show, he really does have some excellent chops. I am an aspiring drummer who learned many of my techniques from Carmine's own method book he made in '71, Realiistic Rock, which I believe is considered to be the first standard of the Rock-drumming-tablature repertoire.

Posted by Jonny on Tuesday, 05.26.09 @ 10:39am


Tim is an awesome bass player, but, well at least in my opinion, Carmine was the biggest thing that set Vanilla Fudge apart from the other bands of the time. How many other rock bands of the '60s were using those double bass drums so effectively? And I really doubt you can say he was just for show because look at all the bands/people he played with: Cactus, Beck, Bogert, & Appice(obviously featuring Jeff Beck and Tim), Travers & Appice, Rod Stewart(on tour), Ozzy Osbourne(on tour), Paul Stanley, Blue Murder, Pink Floyd(made a guest appearance on "The Dogs of War"), etc.

Posted by Dude Man on Tuesday, 05.26.09 @ 12:18pm


For some reason I felt like going back to these guys. I think Michael Monarch might very well be one of the pioneers of heavy metal guitar and a very underrated player. Here's one of heaviest songs of 1969 called "Jupiter's Child".

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6etwZzv4rQ0

Posted by Dude Man on Monday, 05.25.09 @ 20:40pm
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This was your original posting. Perhaps I read it wrong. I was under the impression you wanted only the roots of heavy metal when you said that Monarch was a pioneer of metal guitar. Everyone I listed was meant to be pre-metal acts that had something to do w/metal down the line, in a connect-the-dots manner, I guess.

Posted by Cheesecrop on Tuesday, 05.26.09 @ 16:35pm


Relax Cheesecrop, I'm sure in one way or another those artists have a connection to the developing heavy metal scene. The last acid rock acts set the foundation for the first metal bands. The proto-punk bands influenced the first punk bands who influnced the hardcore punk bands who influenced the thrash metal bands. One influenced is recycled to another.

Posted by Dude Man on Tuesday, 05.26.09 @ 17:06pm


I actually take back the comments about Steppenwolf being metal. I had thought that "Born to be wild" was released before Vincebus Eruptum, which it wasn't and by the standard that Blue Cheer set it isn't heavy. But I still think they deserve induction.

Posted by Dude Man on Wednesday, 09.16.09 @ 21:41pm


Agreed. Metal or not, they definitely deserve to be inducted.

Posted by Philip on Wednesday, 09.16.09 @ 21:56pm


Great rockers !

Posted by mrxyz on Friday, 11.6.09 @ 11:54am


The fact that Steppenwolf is not in the RnRHoF just shows how meaningless it really is to be there in the first place! While in Germany, John Kay heard Little Richard at the age of 14 and knew what he was going to do before he even spoke a word of English. By age of 24 he was the voice behind one of the greatest rock Anthems of all time. His biography "Magic Carpet Ride" is one of the best reads in rock n roll. Even the cover has a quote from Slash saying (paraphrasing) Steppenwolf was one of the most influential bands of the 60s and 70s. Of course, when I see some the inductees to date, the RnRHoF selection committee is commercially and financially influenced.

Posted by Rocker on Sunday, 02.14.10 @ 08:23am


YOU INDUCT MADONNA AND NOT STEPPENWOLF..... THIS IS THE ROCK N ROLL HALL OF SHAME.. WHAT'S UP YOU YOUR A--. MAKE IT RIGHT AND DO THE RIGHT THING. WHEN YOU THINK OF ROCK N ROLL IN THE LATE 60'S AND EARLY 70'S JOHN KAY AND STEPPENWOLF MUSIC WAS THE BAND THAT EVERYONE WAS PLAYING. (IT'S TIME)

Posted by Dana on Friday, 05.28.10 @ 19:06pm


"Easy Rider" is one of the greatest films ever made. R.I.P. Dennis Hopper. Rest In Paradise.

Posted by Joe-Skee on Saturday, 05.29.10 @ 13:15pm


Steppenwolf should be there. Easy Rider was voted one of the top ten movies that changed america and the music played a big part in that. The pusher was one of my favorites songs. You know its kind of goofy that a band like steppenwolf is not already in the rrhf but some of the other cheesy groups made it.

Posted by moose on Tuesday, 06.15.10 @ 21:09pm


Fantastic band. Their absence actually puzzles me somewhat. "Born to Be Wild" "Magic Carpet Ride" and "The Pusher" are Hall of Fame worthy songs, IMO. They have some influence and innovation (see previous posts) so maybe some day they'll at least be considered.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Friday, 07.2.10 @ 07:46am


The fact that Steppenwolf is not in the RnRHoF just shows how meaningless it really is to be there in the first place! While in Germany, John Kay heard Little Richard at the age of 14 and knew what he was going to do before he even spoke a word of English. By age of 24 he was the voice behind one of the greatest rock Anthems of all time. His biography "Magic Carpet Ride" is one of the best reads in rock n roll. Even the cover has a quote from Slash saying (paraphrasing) Steppenwolf was one of the most influential bands of the 60s and 70s. Of course, when I see some the inductees to date, the RnRHoF selection committee is commercially and financially influenced.

Posted by Rocker on Thursday, 08.19.10 @ 08:01am


It's politics. I live near the Hall of Fame, and I wouldn't waste the gas to visit. They wouldn't know rock from country. No wonder they had the rock concert in New York instead.

Posted by Randy on Thursday, 09.30.10 @ 10:10am


listen to the wolfs' "power play" and then listen to madonna's 'material world' (after you left your lunch settle); then you tell me!! in my dictionary after rock and roll it says "STEPPENWOLF". nuff said.

Posted by phil on Wednesday, 10.13.10 @ 18:42pm


Steppenwolf, for the short time they were around, was a band of undenyable impact and influence. John Kay is a lyricist on the level of Dylan. The music was raw and gitty, the social- political message was so dead-on target. Songs like "The Pusher", "Monster", "Hey Lawdy Mamma", "Move Over", "It's Never Too Late", or "Screaming Night Hog" are more than these R&RHOF judges can handle or understand. If you didn't live it, it's not the same. The appreciation for this kind of depth is just not there with them.

Posted by Charles on Thursday, 01.20.11 @ 04:08am


They had a sound imitated by many. they inspired garage bands in the late 60's and early '70's. They introduced a raw "heavy metal thunder" and leather and chrome attitude. They are the 3rd generation of rock, bridging English invasion with punk. they are neither but a fresh air between. John Kay has endeavored to keep the spirit of the band from being exploited. Born to be Wild has been sung by many including The Boss, but only John Kay can sing it . I wrote the Hall of Fame after they inducted a certain blonde woman into the hall and told them they are out of their depth. Next in should be Steppenwolf and J. Geils Band.

Posted by Joe S on Monday, 04.25.11 @ 23:02pm


And if they never get in, fine, they remain rebels and on the fringe, on the edge of civilization like a loan wolf.
You the Man Jonn.

Posted by Joe on Monday, 04.25.11 @ 23:05pm


since first hearing btbw on cklw in '68 it was apparent that this band was going to be something special. i saw them at the cincinnati gardens in '69 and can still hear the echoing b-3 hammond of goldie mcjohn and the grit and anger of john kay etc. tell me of any song that begins like mcr that can put you in such euphoria. 45 years since the sparrow till now; the greatest american hard rock band of all time.

Posted by phil on Tuesday, 10.9.12 @ 14:41pm


An East German kid gets out of the country with his mom because she wants him to be successful; a shoe sales employee leaves the store and his fresh family to join the band when bandmates are at the door saying "lets go"; a young kid still in high school who could play guitar like the Wolf needed; and another member who was nagged into thinking that California would be Atlantis soon................what a mix of ingredients..Young men who took the scary first step to do what they wanted and to be successful. Did any other band have that type of beginning? Steppenwolf does not have to be in the hall.....They were damn good.........period. And one KEY member of this band takes the time today to converse with his fans. How many others do that...

Posted by Big Dog on Monday, 11.26.12 @ 21:52pm


Once again the 2013 nominees do not include the wolf. The list is pretty pathetic other than deep purple and few others. Nominations such as NWA and Chic just make a further joke of the so called rock n roll hall of fame.

Posted by www on Tuesday, 12.11.12 @ 21:13pm


steppinwolf one of the original heavy metel when it realy was heavy hetel had several hits in the sixties.....not just 2....and and were in a huge cult defieng sound track ....easy rider....lets see ride with me, the pusher, try a little tenderness, sookie sookie sooooo, rock me,those are just some of them... oh yeah how about magic carpit ride and born to be wild....all gold record singles.......monster/suicide/america....etc

Posted by rck on Wednesday, 04.10.13 @ 22:05pm


what a shame. one of the original heavy metal rock bands from the sixties....they pretty much paved the heavy metal highway (born to be wild best car cruising song. (ever)). most of there hits were gold albums. sookie sookie, ride with me, jupiters child, rock me, hey lawdy moma, move over, monster. and oh yeah the pusher, magic carpit ride etc....and how about the sound track easy rider the poster child for sound tracks.there is a problem when a rootsy rock band cant get in the r&r hall... but some one like madonna gets in...come on man.........

Posted by rock n rick on Wednesday, 04.10.13 @ 22:27pm


If Steppenwolf ever gets inducted into the RRHOF, who do you think should induct them?

My pick is Alice Cooper.

Posted by Andrew on Thursday, 05.2.13 @ 17:30pm


Those who only know Steppenwolf by their overplayed top 40's hits can never fully understand the real reasons why this band, or John Kay, should be in the RRHOF. Sure they had some light weight songs, but which band doesn't have fluff? Their music offered gritty commentary on politics, current events, and a touch of philosophy. Take a listen to 'It's Never Too Late', 'Renegade', 'Hippo Stomp', 'For Ladies Only' and you'll hear a little of what I'm talking about. I think the only reason they haven't been considered is the sheer number of line-up changes. The only original member is John Kay, but he's the only one who's put his all into keeping the band afloat. He has standards and if that means replacing someone for another that holds those standards I say 'so be it'. John Kay should be inducted if they won't take the whole band.

Posted by Alpha Wolf on Monday, 10.7.13 @ 14:30pm


Alpha

lets hope they get in the RRHOF

Posted by Happy on Monday, 10.7.13 @ 18:15pm


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